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The Regional Planning Committees from the 4th, 5th and 11th Circuits invite you to attend a joint College event February 7-8, 2020 in St. Petersburg, FL, featuring discussions on topics of national interest guaranteed to be both informative and entertaining. Four superb panels have been assembled to address current topics. Five hours of CLE credits will be sought.

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Civility and Professionalism in the Courtroom
Three esteemed federal judges will offer their thoughts and insights into practical topics such as how to be an effective advocate before the court, the difference between appellate and jury argument, the importance of preparedness, making the most of oral argument, and fidelity to the appellate record. The judges will also offer their insights into how general incivility in our public discourse has affected the courtroom. Enjoy a relaxed time of discussion, questions, and answers with our distinguished panel of jurists.
Honorable J. Michelle Childs – US District Court, District of South Carolina
Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. – US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Honorable Charles R. Wilson – US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

The View from the Hill: A Legislative Update
What's happening with labor and employment legislation in the House and Senate? Is anything likely to pass in a divided Congress? Is there any room for common ground? Panelists will discuss and debate pending proposals in Congress, including the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, and talk about their prospects for adoption.
Fellow Randal K. Johnson (Seyfarth Shaw, Washington, DC)
Lynn Rhinehart (Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC)

The NLRB in 2020
The National Labor Relations Board continued to experience change in 2019, as Peter B. Robb succeeded Richard F. Griffin for a four-year term as General Counsel which began on November 17, 2017. Mr. Robb will provide his observations on the significant issues he has brought to the Board or may bring in the future.
Peter Robb (General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, DC)

The Intersection of Employment Law and Criminal Law
This presentation will provide practitioners with guidance on how to identify and handle employee and employer criminal activity in the workplace, such as claims of employee theft or embezzlement, employees viewing pornography on employer’s devices and employer’s illegal activity such as fraud on the government. The presentation will discuss best practices and ethical considerations for addressing these issues.
Fellow Cynthia Sass (Sass Law Firm, Tampa, FL)
A. Brian Albritton (Phelps Dunbar, Tampa, FL)
Jo Ann Palchak (The Law Office of Jo Ann Palchak, PA, Tampa, FL)
Jason Pill (Phelps Dunbar, Tampa, FL)

The invitation and registration should be completed and returned to Jen Motley no later than February 3, 2020.

Payment can be made online using this link:

This event will take place at the beautiful Vinoy Hotel which is convenient to many St. Petersburg attractions, including the Chihuly Museum, the Salvador Dali Museum and a thriving downtown district. A Friday evening dinner is being planned, providing guests an opportunity to get together in a relaxed and casual setting.

Reserve your hotel room now using the link below. Room rates are $289/night and are available for stays before and after the program dates. If you prefer making your reservations by phone, please use one of the dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers below in order to receive our special room rate, which will expire on January 13, 2020.

Reservation link: https://book.passkey.com/e/49964939
Reservations Toll Free: 1-888-789-3090
Reservations Local Phone: 1-888-303-4430

Please don't hesitate to contact Jen Motley if you have any questions.